How to help dogs with separation anxiety
Separation anxiety is not fun for both the dog and the humans. It is important not to ignore it, but to find a solution for your both own sanity
your dog's own safety and mental well-being.
Remember that he's not choosing to do it out of spite or malice - he is panicked about his own survival without you, his pack leader, there to protect him.
There is no one solution for all dogs. It will take trial and error as well as time, but peace can be accomplished. You also need to give each attempt proper time to prove failure or success. Do not throw in the towel on one method after just one day of not working. Give the method one week before deciding how to proceed.
Crating vs Free Roam:
So many people dislike crating their dog; however did you ever
think that the confinement of the crate may be just what your dog needs to feel secure? Lots of open space and empty rooms can be scary for some dogs.
On the flip side we do not want the dog chewing on wire just to escape with the potential of hurting himself. Plastic crates are preferred over wire crates for dogs with the ability to chew or try to escape.
If currently crating, trial short period letting him free roam with all doors closed limiting access to the whole house.
A Friend: Many dogs find comfort having someone around, human or dog. To determine if a friend is what your dog needs before adopting, offer to babysit/borrow a dog for a few days.
If you have multiple dogs already in the home make sure that everyone can see each other. That means confine them to one room. For example: one dog is crated and the other free roams. The crate is in the living room. Close all bedroom and bathroom doors and gate off the stairs. This forces the free roaming dog to stay in the same room as the crated dog so he is always in sight.
Departure from home: Determine what actions you perform when departing the house trigger your dog to show signs of stress. Modify those actions: consider changing up your routine for departure, make sure your departure is not a big deal to the dog, and create a diversion such as a toy or treat that will keep his attention until you are out the door.
Medication: Medication should be the last straw. It should also be used to offer calmness for your dog,
not to put him out while you are gone. More people are using CBD oils with great success. As of now MABTR has yet to use it. Note that quality will vary by brand.
I strongly recommend to do your homework on options and reach out to others that have used specific drugs. In most cases once you start, you may not be able to stop if the dog becomes dependent in order to be calm when you are away.
Also note that as with any drug it alters the way the dog normally behaves. A stressed dog may react differently/not give warnings the same way they did when not drugged.
Here are five tips to help ease separation anxiety:
- Before you leave the house, take your dog for a walk.
- No touch, no talk, no eye contact. Make leaving non excitable.
- Say goodbye to your dog long before you leave.
- Stay calm and assertive!
- Start out small by leaving your dog alone for just five minutes. He wants to know you are returning
- Leave your dog with a good audiobook.
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How Often Should I Wash My Dog?
I grew up with a terrier mix named Caesar. He was a sweet, playful dog, but my favorite thing about him was that he loved bath time. I was used to washing cats who didn't need, want, or like it (I am from a very boring town and had to invent ways to keep myself busy. Forgive me, kitties!), and Caesar's unabashed enthusiasm for bathing was a refreshing change. As a result, he was the cleanest
dog on the block.
For most dog owners, the issue is a bit more complicated, though. Whether it's that your schedule is jam-packed, or your dog isn't a fan of the bathtub, weekly baths are not likely to be on the calendar. But how often should you wash your dog? We asked around, and we've got some answers for you.
When They Smell Bad
I reached out to several of my dog-loving friends to ask how often they wash their dogs, and while there was some variation in their answers, there was a recurring theme: poop.
"I wash my dog when he rolls in poop," said Meghan. "So, every 3-4 months."
Added another friend, "When spring rolls around, Abby rolls around, too. I call it 'doggy perfume season.' She gets a lot of baths this time of year." Another friend told me that her Australian cattle dog, Snickers, has aged into a certain...ripeness, to put it mildly.
"I wash Snickers when her corpse-y musk gets overpowering," Jenn told me. For some dogs (and their owners), the answer to "How often should I wash my dog?" is pretty darn simple. It's when they get
The Short Answer: It Depends
But what about dogs less likely to roll in poop? What is the ideal bathing schedule for them? Well, it depends.
Dr. Erin Perrotti-Orcutt
, how often your dog needs to be washed is decided by several factors. There are plenty of physical considerations, such as your dog's skin and fur type, breed, and health. Dogs with thick undercoats will need more frequent bathing than shorthaired breeds, or dogs with sensitive skin.
Lifestyle is another important factor. "Before we had kids, we washed our two big, hairy dogs every week, with a creme rinse, also!' Dr. Perrotti-Orcutt told me. "They looked, smelled, and felt delicious. Then we had kids and we all just got stinky."
Daily Maintenance Is Key
To keep your pet's coat clean and free of debris between baths, establish a routine of daily brushing. Regular brushing distributes natural oils evenly through their fur, and gives your dog a glossy, healthy appearance. Plus, it cuts down on shedding. For most dogs this should take about 5-10 minutes and can be worked into your walk routine.
can do wonders, and is a lot less time-intensive than a full bath.
Keep In Touch
One of the major benefits of washing your dog at home is that it helps you maintain familiarity with your dog's body, so that if anything is amiss, you can catch it early.
When your dog is wet it's easier to examine them for skin masses and parasites (fun!), which have the best prognosis with early intervention. If you prefer to outsource your dog-washing, use the same groomer consistently so that they're familiar with your dog's skin and can tell you if they notice anything out of place.
Okay, But How Often Should I Wash My Dog?
According to the ASPCA
, your dog should be washed at least every three months, so, 3 or 4 times a year. The actual number may be higher if your dog is extremely hairy, or particularly enthusiastic about rolling in poop, but most dogs should be able to get by with quarterly baths. And that's my final answer.
As in most things, what matters is what will work for you, your dog, and your family. Don't sweat it if a little time passes between baths. Unless you're bothered by the smell, or your dog is uncomfortable, it's a-okay. If my informal survey is any indication, you're in good company.
In fact, one friend informed me that she never washes her dogs at all, saying, "They just have a perfect doggy smell. We never feel the need!"
According to MABTR
it is recommended every three months. However they may need a bath in between if they roll in anything outside, go to a public event where unknown dogs are present, or have environmental allergies. There is also the option of taking a cool wash cloth and wiping them down. Remember they are on your furniture and in your bed. What is on them gets transferred over to the items they lay on. We also recommend cleaning their collar/harness and bedding at least every two weeks. Would you put dirty clothes on after just getting out of the shower?
To each their own!
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AVON shoppers give back to MABTR
"We rescued Hootie in April 2018. We had decided to add another member to our family (we also have an older Yorkie and a golden retriever). We lost our first Boston in 2016 to an unfortunate accident. She was my husband's best friend and he missed her terribly. When he was ready, we filled out an application with Boston rescue. We originally wanted another girl but when he saw Hootie he fell in love.
Hootie was a puppy mill dog and had lived in a kennel until he was rescued. He has been such a fun and crazy dog! He never got very big (15 lbs) but he is every ounce of energy. He is the cuddliest dog we've ever had. He loves his puppy siblings and also his human siblings. He wants to be with you at all times except for a walk. He refuses (still) to wear a harness and will not move if you put it on him. He loves to sleep in bed with his dad under the covers. We all love him!"
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Have upcoming travel plans? Do you have room for a four legged passenger?
MABTR is always in need of transports moving our dogs across our 13 state territory as they enter foster care or move into their forever homes
Share your travel plans with us, and if the need approaches we will be in touch.
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17 dogs rescued
152 dogs rescued so far in 2019!
3,773 dogs rescued since November 2005!
We ask that you help us educate the public about their options when looking for a new pet. We appreciate the fact that you are not purchasing your pet from a pet store that sells lives animals, since 98% of all puppies in a pet store come from terrible situations such as puppy mills. For more information on puppy mills visit our site and read all you need to know about puppy mills.
If you are interested in a breed other than a Boston check out the links below.
-Rescue list by breed
-Google search under
just a number
I wish applicants would make personality and behavior priority when adopting a dog but the truth is that a majority are not even interested in learning about a dog if it is out of their age range.
Remember that just because a dog is young does not guarantee he/she will live to be 14. MABTR cannot promise anyone how long a dog will live. We unfortunately have experienced the loss of a life at a very young age unexpectedly.
MABTR is not prejudiced when it comes to rescuing. A life is precious no matter
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Local MABTR Events
Family Photo Event
11am - 2pm
Chuck and Don's, 6380 S Parker Rd
Stop in to have your family photos taken! Furry family or whatever... funny or serious... up to you!
$10 includes 2 photos emailed after the event.
Sat, Aug 10
Bark at Briargate
10am - 1pm
Promenade Shops at Briargate, 1885 Briargate Pkwy
Come on in and see MABTR exhibit with a lot of other awesome pet vendors!
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Sat, Aug 17, 10am - 5pm
Sun Aug 18, 11am - 4pm
Denver Pet Expo
National Western Complex, 4655 Humbolt St
MABTR will be exhibiting.
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Sat, Aug 24
10am - noon
2800 78th St
FREE event for Boston and Boston Mixes!
Fenced-in area with shade and water.
Sat, Aug 24
1 - 3pm
Playful Paws, 2160 Tenbrook Rd
$5 per dog - all dogs must be people AND dog friendly plus current on rabies.
Off leash play area indoors and outdoors!
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No anesthesia Dental Cleaning
Well Animal Institute offers dental cleanings that are anesthesia-free.
So many dogs are in need of dentals; however, health concerns may deter them from getting what is needed.
Here is your solution for only $185!
For every dog that comes in and gets their teeth cleaned,
$30 goes towards a rescue.
MABTR and the dogs!
Why you aren't seeing our Facebook Posts
Have you noticed that you aren't seeing our Facebook posts very often? Well it's not just you! Due to changes in the way Facebook works, less and less of our posts are showing up on your timelines. If fact, less than 5% of you see our posts daily! And sadly, this means you are missing a lot of our amazing rescue stories and videos!
The good news is Facebook has created a way around this using new settings.
Read the instructions below, go to our Facebook page and update your settings on your desktop or mobile device so you won't miss a thing!
- Visit our FB page - https://www.facebook.com/MABTR/
- Make sure you have clicked the "LIKE" button on our page.
- Click the "Follow" button.
- Under the "Following" drop down menu, select "See First" in your news feed.
- Under the "Following" drop down menu, select "On" for notifications.
And last but not least, be sure to routinely "Like", "Share" and "Comment" on our page. If Facebook doesn't see that you are interacting with our posts, they will remove us from your Facebook Feed.
Plus, by sharing our posts, you are helping our mission in educating and rehoming Bostons.